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Another year has passed and we will again celebrate Thanksgiving Day. In many homes you will find a vacant place when the family gathers for their Thanksgiving Day meal. Sons, brothers, and husbands cannot be present. They are far from home, some in one of the many camps of our country, and others somewhere across the ocean on far-flung battle fronts, or on warships. In a few homes they have received word that a beloved son or brother shall never return home again.

So much has happened this past year, are we ready to give thanks unto our God? We know that a terrible war is raging — but we have everything we can wish for as far as earthly things are concerned We have our homes, plenty of food, clothing, more than that — we live in luxury. We are still given the freedom to worship our God: a privilege many people in foreign countries do not have.

The world will also celebrate Thanksgiving Day. In some homes you will find anxiety and grief, but they try to forget, and they say when this is all over we will have a better world to live in, and they go on having a good time in this pleasure mad world.

“But we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,” whatever happens. Should not our hearts be full of thanksgiving to our heavenly Father for the many blessings He bestows on us? That God has given us Christian parents: that they have given us a Christian education, and above all that we as young people confess His name find live according to our calling —are included among the things for which we are thankful. Therefore, let us as young people of the Church attend Bible class or any of our church activities which will be of spiritual benefit unto us.

Frequently we hear from boys in the service who cannot worship as before, who now admit that they miss the communion and fellowship in the study of God’s word. Therefore, let us put forth every effort to labor and live according to our calling.

In Habakkuk we read: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither fruit be on the vines:  the labor of the olives shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat: the flock shall be cut from thy fold, and there shall be no herd in the stall: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

If we have that faith in Christ Jesus our hearts will overflow with thanksgiving unto our God.

“What shall 1 render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of Salvation and call upon the name of the Lord.”

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord: for His mercy endureth forever.”

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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